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Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients
Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients
Nutrition is an important part of life, cancer treatment, recovery, and prevention. Food is one of the few things you can be in control of during your treatment. The oncology certified registered dietitians at the Stanford Cancer Center are here to help you make informed choices about nutrition, answer your nutrition-related questions, and help you to achieve and maintain good health.
Care and Treatment
Nutritional Management of Loss of Appetite:
There are many things that cause a loss of appetite. Nausea, vomiting, or changes in food's taste or smell all may contribute to a person losing his/her appetite. Sometimes, the cancer treatment itself will make you feel like not eating. Your emotional state and how you cope with your cancer may also cause a loss of appetite. Talk to your physician about these things, because in addition to the following eating and nutrition tips there may be medications or other suggestions that will help you. Suggestions for managing a loss of appetite include the following:
- If you feel you cannot eat regular food for any meal, try liquid meal replacements.
- If you cannot eat very much at one time, eat throughout the day. Frequent meals or high-protein, high-calorie snacks, even if they are small, make up for larger meals.
- Keep easy to prepare and nutritious foods within reach so you can have something whenever you feel like it. Do not forget to take a snack with you whenever you go out. Try these snack ideas:
- Cheese and crackers
- Ice cream
- Peanut butter
- Liquid supplements
- If you cannot eat solid foods and cannot drink liquid supplements, try to drink beverages during the day. Juice, soup, and other similar fluids can provide important calories and nutrients.
- Change the way you eat certain foods or the time you eat them to make them more attractive.
- Try soft, cool, or frozen foods.
- Take advantage of times when you have a good appetite and eat well.
- Do not drink too much while you eat, and stop drinking a half hour to an hour before your plan to have a meal. This may improve your appetite.
- Plan an enjoyable meal. Make food attractive and relax while you eat. Eat with friends.
- Wine or beer may stimulate your appetite. A small glass of wine or beer during a meal may be okay. Check with your physician or registered dietitian.
- Do some physical activity each day even if you feel tired. Even a very short walk, a light housekeeping task, or playing with a pet can help you develop an appetite.
- Use the clock to tell you when to eat. Try to have snacks approximately every 3 hours or so.
Cancer Fighting Recipe of the Week: Week 3
In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness month, we'll be featuring four colorectal cancer friendly recipes each week during the month of March.
Broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are all cruciferous vegetables. This vegetable family contains powerful phytochemicals, including carotenoids, indoles and glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, which have been studied and shown to slow the growth of many cancers.
Asparagus and Scallion Soup with Almonds
California Citrus Greens Salad with Garlic Dressing
Curried Chickpea Salad with Walnuts
Salmon Salad with Pimento and Herbs
Shredded Carrot and Beet Salad
Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Spinach, Red Bell Pepper and Feta Cheese Salad with Yogurt Dressing
10 Minute Italian Chicken Stir Fry
Barley, Turkey & Butternut Squash Casserole
Bean and Vegetable Enchilada Casserole
Cranberry-Turkey Salad Sandwiches
Crispy Parmesan Turkey Cutlets
Egg, Spinach, and Bacon Sandwiches
Fish Filet with Squash and Herbs
Grilled Vegetable Polenta with Pan Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce
Halibut with Citrus and Garlic
Hearty Beef Stew with Winter Vegetables
Herbed Polenta with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Mediterranean Grilled Veggie Pockets
Molasses-Cured Pork Loin with Apples
New American Plate "Tetrazzini" Casserole
Peppers Stuffed with Barley, Parmesan and Onion
Quinoa and Mushroom Pilaf with Dill
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Maple Mustard Sauce
Seared Scallops with Beet Puree and Arugula Salad
Soft Tacos with Southwestern Vegetables
Spicy Broccoli, Cauliflower and Tofu
Steamed Halibut on Spinach with Lemon Sauce
Summer Tofu Kebab with Peanut Sauce
Turkey Reuben Grilled Sandwiches
Udon Noodles with Spicy Peanut Ginger Sauce
Whole Wheat Pasta with Fennel, Peas and Arugula
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Bring your photo ID and Insurance Card
- Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
Ask your physician for a REFERRAL for a Cancer Center Nutrition Appointment
Our dietitians are available for 45 minute consults by appointment only, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Download our nutrition appointment flyer.
Questions about your appointment or need to make a change?
For Health Care Professionals
Our dietitians are available for 45 minute consults by appointment only on: Mondays – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
HOW TO REFER
Call us at 1-650-498-6000 to refer a new patient for a nutrition consultation. If you wish to refer a patient to the Stanford Cancer Center, please call the Physician Helpline.
- Send referrals online
- Place radiology orders
- View referral status
- Access medical records
Questions about your appointment or need to make a change? Call: